CNY 2023: What the Year of the Rabbit has in store for your Chinese zodiac
Written in the stars
This coming 22 January marks the Lunar New Year and the beginning of a new Chinese zodiac cycle. As you may already know, there are 12 zodiacs and five elements in Chinese culture, with 2023 being the Year of the Water Rabbit. This zodiac sign represents longevity, peace, and prosperity—signifying a year of hope.
To gain foresight into what the Year of the Water Rabbit holds for each of the 12 zodiac animals, we turned to Master Vmin Lye of Good Feng Shui Good Life. The local feng shui consultant has been practising the ancient Chinese art for over five years now, having studied under numerous masters across Malaysia, Singapore and China.
Master Lye’s specialties lie in Residential and Commercial Fengshui, Bazi Consultation, Business Bazi Matching, as well as Gua Divination. Based on his expertise and examination of the charts, here are his forecasts in terms of health, wealth, relationships, career and compatibility for the zodiacs in 2023.
Keep reading until the end to find out the auspicious dates to start working or to deposit money this Lunar New Year!
- Born in 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020 (after 4 February)
Good news for Rats this year! With many auspicious stars appearing in your chart, the year of the Water Rabbit presents good prospects in your career and relationships. For those looking for career enhancements, noble people will appear and boost your chances of getting noticed. Those who are single have high chances of finding the right person. As for wealth, the lucky star is with you this year, so don’t be afraid to take risks in the Year of the Rabbit. As for those who are in stable relationships, refrain from being overly friendly as it might spark some unwanted conflict in a relationship.
Health: 3/5 | Wealth: 4.5/5 | Relationship: 4/5 | Career: 4/5
Compatible Signs: Monkey, Dragon, Ox | Incompatible Signs: Horse
Dos: Initiate change and take risks, especially in the months of April and August. Expand your social circle.
Don’ts: Get into arguments.
- Born in 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021 (after 4 February)
The Year of the Water Rabbit is a year to stay under the radar for those who were born in the Year of the Ox. It is a good idea to take some time off and upgrade yourself or learn some new skills and gain insights. With no prominent auspicious stars in your chart this year, it is easy to have negative thoughts and self-doubts. All this negativity might also lead to impulsive decisions that might cause bodily harm. Do not perform risky activities such as driving or operate heavy machinery if you’re not feeling your best. On the bright side, your wealth luck is favorable this year and those who are making steady income have the possibility of getting a raise.
Health: 2/5 | Wealth: 2.5/5 | Relationship: 3/5 | Career: 1/5
Compatible Signs: Snake, Rooster, Monkey | Incompatible Signs: Goat
Dos: Keep a low profile so you won’t attract unnecessary attention.
Don’ts: Make drastic career changes. Avoid hospital visits if you can.
- Born in 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022 (born after 4 February)
Being the outgoing Grand Duke, Tigers hope to get over the turbulence and move on this year. However, the road to recovery might not be as rosy as one might expect. With no prominent auspicious stars in your chart this year, 2023 is a year for you to play defense. Spiritually, there’s a tendency to feel drained.
The stress and uncertainties last year had taken a toll on your health—both physical and spiritual. Be cautious of bodily injury or loss caused by forgetfulness. Be mindful of your diet and maintain an active lifestyle. As a counter, consider donating blood or booking an appointment with your dentist for a routine check-up.
Health: 1/5 | Wealth: 2/5 | Relationship: 2/5 | Career: 3/5
Compatible Signs: Horse, Dog, Pig | Incompatible Signs: Monkey
Dos: Pay more attention to your well-being, both physical and emotional.
Don’ts: Engage in risky activities, especially in the month of August.
- Born in 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011 (after 4 February)
Being the ‘Grand Duke’ (Tai Sui) of the year, Rabbits will be at the center of attention. This simply means that a lot of energy will be heading your way, whether you like it or not. Expect changes to happen this year. The Grand Duke of the year should always stay humble, as gossip is bound to follow you when you’re under the spotlight. It is up to you how to channel the energy and make the most of the situation. For those who have been stagnant and looking for a breakthrough, you will feel the urge to move forward this year. With the intelligence and Jade Hall star in your chart, it is also a good year to pick up a new skill or pursue a new academic endeavour.
Health: 2/5 | Wealth: 2/5 | Relationship: 2/5 | Career: 3/5
Compatible Signs: Pig, Goat, Dog | Incompatible Signs: Rooster
Dos: Educate yourself and learn a new skill.
Don’ts: Attract unnecessary attention, especially in the month of September.
- Born in 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012 (after 4 February)
Things are looking bright for Dragons in 2023. With powerful auspicious stars appearing in your chart, expect good things this year. Help and support may come from an elder male or someone from a prominent position or institution. Your outlook is good in terms of wealth and career. It is a good year to start new things and finally act upon the grand plan you had in mind all this while.
On the flip side, when things are going smoothly, it is easy to get light-headed and act recklessly. It is a good idea to tone things down a little. Your tendency of being misunderstood or rubbing people the wrong way is high.
Health: 4/5 | Wealth: 4/5 | Relationship: 1/5 | Career: 3/5
Compatible Signs: Monkey, Rat, Rooster | Incompatible Signs: Dog
Dos: Initiate change, especially in the month of August and December.
Don’ts: Start an argument as you will likely lose.
- Born in 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013 (after 4 February)
For Snakes whose livelihood depends on travelling, then 2023 will be a good year for you. The horse star present in your chart indicates movement, which can come in the form of travel, a change of living environment or even a change of career. It is a good year to take matters into your own hands and start something by yourself. Avoid taking uncalculated risks, gambling and making speculative investments. With no prominent inauspicious stars present this year, it is a good idea to embrace change and enjoy the movement to make new connections to widen your horizons.
Health: 3/5 | Wealth: 3/5 | Relationship: 3/5 | Career: 4/5
Compatible Signs: Rooster, Ox, Monkey | Incompatible Signs: Pig
Dos: Find a reason to travel more, good things will come from it.
Don’ts: Be afraid to spend a little bit more; there are times when we must indulge ourselves a bit.
- Born in 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014 (after 4 February)
Things are looking rosy this year for the Horse. With two prominent plum blossom stars in your chart, the Year of the Water Rabbit is one of happiness and celebration. For those who are single, the chances of finding the right candidate are high. For stable couples, this is a good year to think about marriage. Plum blossom stars also mean that you are likely to be given more opportunities and gain popularity in your workplace. To gain help and support, your noble person will likely be a female. Try looking in the direction of a female partner, colleague or subordinate if you need help this year.
Health: 3/5 | Wealth: 4/5 | Relationship: 5/5 | Career: 3/5
Compatible Signs: Tiger, Dog, Goat | Incompatible Signs: Rat
Dos: Expand your social circle. It’s a good year for building your networks.
Don’ts: Get involved in contractual or legal issues.
- Born in 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015 (after 4 February)
For Goats, 2023 is a year of fruitful collaborations. Opportunities will come your way and new partnerships are likely to form this year. For those who work in big organisations, you will be given an opportunity to shine. You will also feel a boost in creativity and develop new problem-solving skills, which will translate into good wealth luck. It’s a good year to amass some savings. However, there’s a possibility for Goats to have minor run-ins with the law such as getting a fine for traffic violations due to carelessness. As far as health goes, be mindful of sharp objects this year. Booking an appointment with your dentist to do some scaling or trying to donate some blood might be a good idea.
Health: 2/5 | Wealth: 3/5 | Relationship: 3/5 | Career: 4/5
Compatible Signs: Pig, Rabbit, Horse | Incompatible Signs: Ox
Dos: Start partnerships. Get yourself noticed. Steer clear from sharp objects.
Don’ts: Get involved in contractual or legal issues.
- Born in 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016 (after 4 February)
After a turbulent last year in 2022, the Monkey’s luck cycle is moving onto an upward trajectory this year. Expect your level of influence and authority to grow and you will find ways to solve problems. This year is a year for execution, so get down and do the dirty work and you will see your plans materialise. Your wealth luck is marginally better than last year. However, be mindful of unforeseen expenditures and handle new partnerships with caution. Steer clear from risky speculative investments and refrain from giving out loans.
Health: 4/5 | Wealth: 3/5 | Relationship: 3/5 | Career: 5/5
Compatible Signs: Rat, Dragon, Snake | Incompatible Signs: Tiger
Dos: Get yourself noticed. Take matters into your own hands.
Don’ts: Give out loans to your associates.
- Born in 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017 (after 4 February)
This year, the Rooster clashes with the Grand Duke. Expect turbulence, change and disharmony. With no prominent auspicious stars in your chart this year, you should lay low and avoid unwanted attention. Your chances of being in conflict are high so avoid arguments if you can, both at work and with your other half. Try to express yourself better to avoid rubbing people the wrong way. Spiritually, you will tend to feel trapped and incapable of making change. Do not drive or conduct risky activity if you don’t feel 100 per cent up for it.
In terms of wealth, expect increased spending this year. To counter that, consider buying an income-generating asset such as a property, or you may also consider throwing a party or dinner for your associates to foster better relationships.
Health: 2/5 | Wealth: 1/5 | Relationship: 2/5 | Career: 1/5
Compatible Signs: Snake, Ox, Dragon | Incompatible Signs: Rabbit
Dos: Stay positive. Spend money happily.
Don’ts: Start an argument, especially in the month of March.
- Born in 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018 (after 4 February)
The Year of the Rabbit’s outlook is pretty positive for the Dog. With two of the major auspicious stars in your chart, you are in a position of heightened authority and opportunity. Things get better with the combination of the Grand Duke, meaning that beneficial partnerships are likely to form this year. The wealth luck of the Dog ranks at the top among all zodiac animals this year. In terms of career, you are flanked by noble people and they are there to solve your problems and give you support. Overall, 2023 is a good year to charge full steam ahead. It’s a year of growth in popularity and leadership, and a year to overcome challenges and execute your plans.
Health: 3/5 | Wealth: 4/5 | Relationship: 4/5 | Career: 5/5
Compatible Signs: Tiger, Horse, Rabbit | Incompatible Signs: Dragon
Dos: Execute your plans and be proactive.
Don’ts: Engage in speculative activity.
- Born in 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019 (after 4 February)
For Pigs, 2023 will cruise by quite uneventfully. With no major auspicious or inauspicious stars in your chart, things may feel a tad bland. No major help in terms of wealth luck means that you would have to take matters into your own hands and create new opportunities. Career-wise, Pigs benefit from a combination with the Grand Duke this year and it may also signify potential new partnerships. One bright spot for Pigs this year is the presence of the Sky Kitchen star, where you will have the opportunity to savour delicious foods throughout the year! Just be mindful of that waistline.
Health: 3/5 | Wealth: 2/5 | Relationship: 2/5 | Career: 3/5
Compatible Signs: Rabbit, Goat, Tiger | Incompatible Signs: Snake
Dos: Take things into your own hands and be proactive.
Don’ts: Engage in speculative activity.
Auspicious times to start work or to deposit money
Here’s a list of auspicious times to start work (and clashes to avoid) for the Year of the Water Rabbit. Business owners should utilise this schedule to activate good fortune. As for non-business individuals, the following are considered good dates to deposit money into your account:
23 January 2023: 9am to 11am (Clashes with Pig)
23 January 2023: 11am to 1pm (Clashes with Pig and Rat)
27 January 2023: 7am to 9am (Clashes with Rabbit and Dog)
27 January 2023: 11am to 1pm (Clashes with Rabbit and Rat)
30 January 2023: 7am to 9am (Clashes with Horse and Dog)
30 January 2023: 9am to 11am (Clashes with Horse and Pig)
1 February 2023: 7am to 9am (Clashes with Monkey and Dog)
1 February 2023: 9am to 11am (Clashes with Monkey and Pig)
1 February 2023: 11am to 1pm (Clashes with Monkey and Rat)
2 February 2023: 9am to 11am (Clashes with Rooster and Pig)
2 February 2023: 11am to 1pm (Clashes with Rooster and Rat)
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